Try something new

  • USW is the perfect place to step outside of your comfort zone and try something new, so why not take up a brand new sport, join a society or perform at an open mic night, you never know what doors it could open.

  • Volunteer to be a Course Rep at the start of term or stand to become a Student Voice Rep (SVR) in the SU Elections, you’ll get training that’ll look great on your CV, and there’s a bursary of up to £500 available for SVR positions.

  • Get chatting to people on your course on the official Facebook group.

  • Attend Freshers' Fair on Tuesday 18th September.  The Freshers’ Fair is for everyone at USW, it’s the biggest event during Freshers – you can expect to meet all our Teams, Clubs and Societies and receive a bunch of freebies (such as pizza), goodie bags and enough pens to last your entire student life and beyond.


Now, this is the hard one. With all the fantastic events taking place during the first term, sticking to a budget can be difficult. The best thing to do is to plan your spending every week, and to keep a little bit aside as a contingency.  Do your best to stick to your budget, otherwise you'll end up living off noodles for the rest of the term (and nobody wants that). 


if it gets a bit overwhelming

  • Starting uni brings a whole range of crazy emotions and new experiences. Try to relax, and take time to chill out if you need to.

  • Don’t feel like you have to go to everything everyone else is doing. Do Freshers' your own way.

  • It’s normal (and totally okay) to feel homesick or nervous. It might look like everyone is having an amazing time, but remember a lot of people are in the same boat, so talk to friends and family about how you’re feeling.

  • It’s fine to feel worried, but if things are getting a bit too much for you please ask for help. You can chat to the Education & Welfare Officers - Liam and Niall, the Advice Zone or the Campus Life Coordinators (if you live in halls).


  • Complete your online enrolment with USW. Find more information here

  • Join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (@uswsu).

  • Download your free copy of Microsoft Office. It's free for all USW students, and you can download yours as soon as you've completed your enrolment. 

  • Don't wait until you're unwell - register with the University's Health Service when you arrive. Bring your past vaccine history, your GP information, and your NHS number.

  • Check your vaccinations. The NHS recommends that new students get the vaccine to protect against meningitis and septicaemia before leaving for Uni - they're free from your GP.

  • Take advantage of everything the Students' Union has to offer. You can  join Clubs or Societies and attend events!  

  • Get your TOTUM card (powered by NUS Extra) to get over 200 discounts on everything from university supplies to fashion. All Students who purchase an card will also have the benefit of it also being an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), the only internationally accepted proof of student status. You can buy a card from the SU Info Desk or order online.


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